Inspiration: The Great Secret…

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” —Mahatma Gandhi Inspiration: The Great Secret... Alegrias is mirthful; happiness is within... The great mystic and Persian lyric poet, Khwāja Shamsu d-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Shīrāzī, known as Hafez or Hafiz Shirazi, wrote many inspiring and deeply profound poems that dealt with issues that affect the human condition. He was a visionary and spiritual man who wrote about God/the Beloved, faith, joy and happiness as well as ...

Gran’s Angel

We argue about him, Billy and me. Billy laughs, says there’s no such things as angels but I tell him not to be so stupid, course there are I tell him, says so in The Bible. He’s been in the park for ever, well longer than my gran can remember and she’s old. We’re lucky to have him she says, he was brought from under the sea, from a shipwreck and there isn’t another like him in the whole world, my ...

Flower Crafts: Dried Flower Wreaths

Fall is here! Celebrate this wonderful season with a fall wreath. Learn how to create one with dried flowers. Here’s how to make your very own dried flower wreath: Materials: a wreath base (you can use a wire hanger, if you like) florist wire dried flowers (i.e lavender, hydrangea, strawflowers) and foliage shears for trimming stems Start by gathering your flowers and the foliage you want to use. Trim stems as you see fit.  6 inches is a good place to start. Make a bundle and secure ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Love…

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.” Mahatma Gandhi Weekly Photo Challenge: Love Notes & Wishes Weekly Photo Challenge: Love Where love is, there God is also. Love wrestles with the world as with itself, and ultimately gains a mastery over all other feelings Wherever there are jars, Wherever you are confronted with an opponent, Conquer him with love. Mahatma Gandhi Love covers a wide spectrum of feelings, ideas, and beliefs… Displayed in the first photo above are love notes and wishes ...

Happy Monday? It is now

Two weeks ago we completed a move to new business premises, and what started out as an eagerly anticipated adventure, has turned into a stressful and very time-consuming experience.  I should have expected it. It is like moving home x 25! Today is the first day that I can walk freely round my new office, all my boxes of files have now been archived and I can actually see the colour of the floor tiles. The staff love their new “home” and have settled in very quickly, ...

Picture This: Moments In The Snow…

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind.”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge Picture this: Captured Snowy Moments via eof Picture this: Captured Moments in the Snow #1 via eof The call came at 5:30am one morning, school will be closed and the kids can stay home and indulge in whatever their hearts desired. “Can they come stay at your house for a change?” Phina asked the recorded female voice… “I mean, with all the school ...

Inspiration: Always We Hope…

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” Ovid Inspiration: Always We Hope... Yoga Chillout – BMP Music – Inspiring Lao Tzu-Quote – Famous Wisdom Always We Hope by Lao Tzu Always we hope someone else has the answer, some other place will be better, some other time, it will turn out. This is it. No one else has the answer, no other place will be better, and it has already turned out. At the center of your being, you have the answer: you know who you are and you know what you ...

FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors…

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” James Michener FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors... FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… Chestnut flower FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… Chestnut loaf FOOD: Chestnut Bread Recipe For The Great Outdoors… wild flowers “Do you fear the force of the wind, The slash of the rain? Go face them and fight them, Be savage again. Go hungry and cold like the wolf, Go wade like ...

7 Questions With an Author: Tyler Tarver

This is the first installment of a new series that I'll periodically write titled "7 Questions With an Author..." where I'll pose seven questions to an author and then share their answers here. [NOTE: I'm fully aware that I'm breaking AP Style rules by starting the first word in the title with an actual number and not writing it out - it just looked better to me or maybe I'm a closet subversive hoping to undermine the establishment one rebellious key ...

“If I Were the Devil….”

Radio Legend Paul Harvey Awarded the Medal of Freedom - Wikimedia Commons I started my career as a broadcast news reporter, spending the bulk of that professional career working at several news/talk radio stations. One of my inspirations to become a radio news anchor/reporter was legendary broadcaster, Paul Harvey. As a boy growing up, my grandfather was a faithful fan and we would both regularly listen to Harvey’s News and Commentary segments and The Rest of the Story features. That habitual listening endured ...

A Great Blogging Death Match!!! (sort of)

A couple months ago I found a great blog, www.robshep.com, by Rob Shepherd, he's the Director of Community Groups and Students at Waters Edge Church near Virginia Beach, VA. Rob is a gifted blogger who writes on a range of topics with a forte in funny. One of my favorite posts he created was The First Annual Blogging All-Star Challenge, (see the image insert that Rob had commissioned for this single blog post) it was a brilliantly funny homage to some of the best faith-based ...

7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Bestselling author, speaker and blogger – Frank Viola This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Frank Viola. Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a collaboration with Internet rock stars Mike Morrell and Michelle Shaeffer, which ...

We’ve Learned the Sex of Our Baby…

For my wife and I, parenting is the  most important job we have in this life. Meeting the basic physical needs of our kids is merely the “table stakes” of good parenting, we seek to do more than that by also meeting (and exceeding) their emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual needs as well. We’re not perfect parents by any stretch, but we are proactively and lovingly engaged in every aspect of their lives as we nurture them toward maturity. One of the lessons ...

Glimpses of God Through a Messy Diaper

Our son is just more than three months old. Every day his personality emerges a bit more as he masters or starts to develop some new skill. By new skill I mean giggling, cooing, rolling over to his back, holding his head up or keenly following an object with his eyes. As parents we are constantly on the lookout for all of those developmental firsts. For instance, with our first two daughters we have captured on video their very first, unaided footsteps – and ...

Traveling To Someplace Else

As most of you know I lost my father-in-law on the 23rd of February. There's really nothing we can say or do when somebody we love dies. We must adjust and move on. This is life. And miraculously we do move on, putting one shaky foot in front of the other until we're someplace else. I've resurrected this post on mortality. It seems appropriate in light of recent events. It is my attempt at moving forward while embracing a great loss. ...

Brag on Your Pet (because I can’t brag on ours)!

Our demonic-eyed cat with one of my wife's cashmere sweaters Our family currently has two Ragdoll cats – both are sisters from a breeder. I’ve written about them before and their tyrannical governance over the entire house. They rule with an iron paw – commandeering any article of clothing, cushion, pillow or comfy think like they’re some fuzzy, four-legged, non-androgynous version of Kim Jong-il. Like the Occupy Movement that swept the country last year, our cats have now decided that they want to occupy ...

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Great Giveaway: An Epiphanie Bag

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Great Giveaway: An Epiphanie Bag.. Tired of bulky camera bags or ugly Laptop bags? Epiphanie has a bag for you. Win an Epiphanie bag of your choice; choose either a camera or laptop bag and carry your gadgets in style. Organized by Giveaway Booster.. Have you often wondered about finding a less bulky way to carry your fancy camera? Do you want be comfortably camera ready on your …

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Fabulous Finds: Stocking Stuffers

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Santa Claus is coming to town! Are you ready? Even if all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, chances are you’re still missing a few stocking stuffers. But there’s no reason to pout or cry, because we’ve got you covered! Here are some fabulous finds to help with your holiday shopping and put the …

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After Holiday Sales

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After all the countdowns, markdowns, and breakdowns, Christmas is behind us for a year. You would think that shopping would be the last thing anyone would want to do. WRONG! According to the people that track this sort of statistic tell us that the day after Christmas nearly rivals Black Friday. So why doesn’t this …

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Holiday Gift Guide: Fun and Unique Vases

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Christmas is less than 3 weeks away! But there is no need to panic. There is still plenty of time to do your holiday shopping. And to help you, here are some fun and unique vases for the flower lover/gardener in your life. Hanging Light Bulb Vases Made from recycled light bulbs, these vases would look charming …

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Christmas Shopping

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I have started my Christmas shopping, but that’s not the type of shopping I’m talking about. Deb stopped over last night. She not only wanted to visit, but to peruse my knitted wares for Christmas shopping. How sweet of her is that?! We went through my FO’s and she selected some items for her family, and …

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Avoiding Cyber-Monday Scams

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I don’t know about you, but I’m an unrepentant self-admitted Cyber-Monday shopper. I simply prefer the convenience of shopping online for the holidays compared to the crowds and hassles associated with Black Friday which I try to avoid like the Black Plague. However, online shopping does have its own pitfalls – identity theft, computer hacking and compromised …

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Is it really about Thanksgiving? or “Why I’m boycotting ‘Black Friday’…”

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Well, the Season to be thankful has began, and its greatest day is already here. Thanksgiving day is all about family, friends, cooking, sharing, enjoying each other’s company and football! Be Thankful. It’s the word for the Season. “Thanks. And a whole lot more.” That said, I think I just got tired of being bombarded by the commercialism associated …

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